The Todd Blake Student Award is named in memory of Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) Chief Executive and Victoria University Alum Todd Blake. The legacy project was established by the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and VU.

The award is granted annually and is open to all VU students in Tourism, Hospitality, Culinary or Event Management programs who have displayed the same passion, commitment, leadership, and can-do attitude as Todd. This aligns with VU's values of access, excellence and respect, and desired behaviours of engagement, collegiality and courage.

The prize for this prestigious, industry-recognised honour includes a cash grant of $1000 that can be used for any professional, educational (books, course fees, study-related assistance) or personal expenses (at the winner's discretion). It also includes one day's registration and dinner at the annual Victoria Tourism Conference, where the winner will be introduced and interviewed.

The winner may also receive mentoring from a distinguished industry representative or a unique professional and practical work-experience opportunity that would reflect Todd’s interests.

Additional prizes may also be awarded to short-listed finalists.

Applications & selection criteria

2019 Award Winner, Ms Shaneal Williams, with Ms Kirsty Blake. “I am honoured to have won the award and very excited about the conference and the opportunities to come!”

This distinguished industry prize may be awarded to a VU student enrolled in any course related to Tourism, Hospitality, Culinary or Event Management in the previous year, at any level – from certificate to bachelor and postgraduate degrees (ie masters by course work).

Students can self-nominate, or be nominated by a member of staff.

Entries should clearly:

  1. show your passion and commitment to the industry
  2. show your particular contribution to the Hospitality, Tourism and Events industry
  3. demonstrate your public-speaking skills, maturity and your ability to represent VU as a positive ambassador in the industry.

Entries can be in writing, or as a mixed-media contribution. Please be sure to gather and scan all of your supporting documentation, including any media coverage, links to on-line videos, presentations, photos etc and clearly identify and attach each item in the “Project Details” section below.

You are eligible to nominate for projects or activities that occurred at any time during the prior/qualifying year and were an assessable part of a unit or course, or as an extra curricula activity completed while at VU.

A judging panel consisting of related University and industry staff will review all applications. Nominated students will be short-listed and invited to meet with panel members, including Ms Kirsty Blake (Todd's widow) and industry leaders who knew and worked closely with Todd to discuss their submission.

Applications due date

Applications for the Todd Blake Award 2020 are now open, and will close on 17 July 2020.


For inquiries, please contact:

Barry Broons, Manager, Work Integrated Learning, Victoria University Business School

Phone: 9919 4546
Email: [email protected]

Information marked with an asterisk "*" is required.

Applicant details

Project details

In a couple of short paragraphs, please outline your project or activity.

Please include:

  • What (the purpose of the project or activity)
  • Why (how the idea came about and came together)
  • When (dates, times the activity or project occurred) 

Please also provide any supporting documentation (photos, PDFs of media coverage, links to articles/media/youtube videos etc.) via email to [email protected].